Starry, starry night

20 November 2017 / News
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dlr LexIcon is delighted to host a spectacular photo exhibition Images of Starlight on Level 3 until 5th January 2018 (currently on display on Level 5 until 3rd December). Leo Enright of the School of Cosmic Physics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies has said of the exhibition 'Those who attend will be able to see many intriguing photographs of the solar system, our galaxy the Milky Way and other galaxies. It is a rare opportunity to view the highest quality astronomical images.' There are 60 images on show, including many prizewinning photos by Irish winners of the International Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. The exhibition is organised by the Irish Astronomical Society (IAS) and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS).

People are often surprised that these stars and galaxies cross over their own back gardens at night and Winter is an especially good time for star-gazing. John Dolan of the Irish Astronomical Society says 'Observing and taking photos of what appears in the sky at night is a fascinating hobby which is becoming more popular in Ireland. Telescopes have become more reasonable and recent developments in digital photography have made taking photographs of the night sky more accessible'. John is giving a talk entitled Getting started in Astrophotography on 7th December at 6.30pm in the Studio Theatre at dlr LexIcon. Entry is free, all are welcome and no booking required. School children have been enjoying sessions at the LexIcon with John and his colleagues from the IAS and IFAS and there is a box for queries Ask an Astronomer so pop your question into the box and you will receive a reply by email! 

Keep an eye on and for lots of further opportunities to gaze at the stars in the coming months. IAS and IFAS wish to acknowledge the help and assistance given by Canon Ireland for this exhibition.

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